Kerscher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kerscher emerged in the German state of Silesia. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Kerscher family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. There are two occupations which gave rise to this name. The first is that of a church sexton, which is the meaning of the German word "kirchenære." The other occupation is that of a furrier and, in this case, the name is derived from the word "kuerschner."

Early Origins of the Kerscher family

The surname Kerscher was first found in Silesia, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. The name probably derives from "Kuersch," meaning pelt, and "Kuerschner" which refers to a furrier. It is not to be confused with "Kirsch," which means cherry. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Ortlip Hermelin der Kuersener, who lived in Breslau, Silesia around 1360.

Early History of the Kerscher family

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Kerscher Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirschner, Kirschener, Kirscher, Kirschen, Kirsher, Kirshner, Kirshener, Kerschner, Kerscher, Kersher, Cirschner, Cirschener, Cirscher, Cirsher, Cirshner, Cirshener, Kuersch, Kuersener, Kursch, Kuerschner, Kurschner, Kuerssner and many more.

Early Notables of the Kerscher family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Kerscher were Magdalena Kirschmann (c. 1505-1574), birth name of Magdalena Morhart, a German printer in Tübingen. She printed nearly...
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United States Kerscher migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kerscher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Kerscher, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Johan Kerscher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Mathes Kerscher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kerscher (post 1700) +

  • Albert Kerscher (1916-2011), German highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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